No one, as far as I recall, died from tanim-bala in NAIA, and yet it infuriated many of us,and we were angered by an apparent scam condoned or perhaps even operated by airport officials. Many were mad at President Aquino, too, for gaffes made by some government officials and by government inaction that was affecting Filipino travellers and migrant workers. But since July, hundreds have already been killed due to the so-called war on drugs and crime, with most deaths appearing on TV or our FB timelines in the same sickening narrative: killed by hitmen, their bodies wrapped in garbage bags or paper with a cardboard that says the victim is a drug offender, or killed by policemen in a buy-bust operation or inside police stations, where the police had to fire and kill them because they were fighting back or because they tried to grab arms from the police while in custody.And yet the same public outraged by tanim-bala is silent this time, despite the deaths. Hindi lang sa hindi galit, we are actually happy to repeat and mimic the stories given by government officials –  Pusher kasi. Adik. Nang-agaw ng baril sa pulis sa presinto. Nanlaban. Kung hindi sya adik, bakit sya kasama ng pusher?

And we’re happy to exempt the government of any responsibility of this incident. When Abaya said that tanim-bala was being blown out of proportion, many called for his resignation, many blamed PNoy. But with what’s happening, Duterte or PNP Chief Bato can’t be faulted – even though Duterte promised this bloodshed during the campaign period, or that, after the inauguration, he said shabu addicts should be killed, and that local governments and local police should deliver dead bodies in his war on drugs. Bato said he’s against extrajudicial killings, and yet he’s not doing anything to stop it – but it doesn’t matter, not his fault. Tanim-bala is PNoy’s fault, but we have wired our minds to believe that Duterte can’t be blamed for the killings terrorising the Philippines these days. Never mind that, regardless of who you voted for last May, the government should always be held accountable for omission if it fails to address human rights violations.

I actually don’t care who you voted for last May. What I wish to understand at this point is if your silence demonstrates the limits of our common sense, of our respect for life, or of our world-renown sense of compassion. Are we not outraged, and are we willing to exempt the government of any responsibility, because those who were killed are impoverished – not exactly the type who’d have credit cards to purchase piso-fare trips and therefore unlikely to be inconvenienced by tanim-bala? Is it because we also blame the poor for the ugliness in our daily lives, for the systemic poverty and crime that fester in our streets, and therefore killing these vagrants is better? Is it because we think that some lives do not really matter, and that we’re happy to give those with guns a blank check just to make us perceive that we are safe and secure?

I hear no one saying that they feel more secure and safe these days, these days when tanim-bala is no longer happening. For me, my sense of insecurity isn’t just about safety in our streets: mas nababahala ako dun sa naiisip ko na may aspeto ng pagiging Pilipino na hindi ko kilala, yung aspeto na kayang lunukin at tanggapin ang nangyayari ngayon. That we can even throw out our sense of justice and respect for life and be wilfully blind. I try to recall some words that have helped define my own understanding of what being Filipino means. That the Filipino is worth dying for. Ang mamatay ng dahil sa’yo. Maybe by reminding myself of these words, I’d feel less insecure and disturbed by this realisation: na kaya pala natin itong gawin sa isa’t-isa.

(Photo from Mark Z. SaludesJennelyn Olaires refuses to let go of her husband, Michael Siaron, a 30-year-old pedicab driver and an alleged drug offender who was gunned down by unidentified assailants along EDSA – Pasay Rotonda area in Pasay City, July 23.)

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89 thoughts on “The war against poor Filipinos

  1. I am so outraged like you. I told my children this is the blackest time in our country’s history. Nung marcos tk e, at least mga matatalino ang mga kinukulong. May chance maipagtanggol ang sarili. Ngayon, ang kaawaawa na ang pinapatay. Nobody is safe anymore.

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      1. Walang namamataysa tanim bala kasi no guns gusto lang nang mga Tao sa airport to get money to d poor OFW who can’t defend themselves r scared Evil people n d airport dapat patayin mga walang kaluluwa

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    1. may i know how old you were during the time of marcos? i can’t believe someone would compare, and like, what happened then better than what is happening now.. but if you tell me that you were at least a senior high school student during the edsa revolution, then i will respect your views and leave it as such.. i just hope you are not someone who keeps on talking about the marcos regime being a better time with knowledge gained purely from stories.. peace my friend..

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    2. Of course it’s always d poor because they were d ones who needs money d most esp f they have family & no work they need to survive their family has to eat &I most of these poor people smoke drinks mga bisyoso so while drug lords drug pushers r n d comfort of their homes or wherever it’s always d poor front runners who r n danger. Sila ang nakita nang Tao who buy d drugs sila ang nag binta nang drugs so Kung Meron buy bust operation it’s always d poor front runners ang madakip if there s shooting di sila mapusilan. So nakakaawa talaga this poor people at Kung kung d drug lords or drug pushers feel that they r now n danger mag kabistohan na sila na Mismo ang papatay sa poor front runners so yan ang mangyari. Alam mo ang mga Pilipino gusto mag pa batabata mag runner cla bigyan cla ng maliit na pera para pambili ng cigarites wine drugs bili ng pancit few kilos of rice happy na cla but their life s n danger

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    3. Having drug use, rape, robbery, homicide, mugging, corruption, lawlessness rampant in the Philippines not black enough for you Li maliksi? Kailan naging kawawa ang drug dealers and drug lords?

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  2. With all these killings I am beginning to fear especially for my 21-year old son’s safety. My son is not a drug addict nor a pusher. Am planning to talk and remind him that he be vigilant about his safety. I have been telling my students that each and everyone of them may be a part of this statistics of killing.

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    1. I believe you dont have to worry about your 21 years old son..as long as you fully know inside out the activities and associates of your son..
      I am surprise to note that the writer compare “Tanim Bala” to the menace of Drugs in the life of our youth..5 ..10..years fr now?..the death toll increases…yes ..but i know these are agents of death too…a very distructive death in deed…menace to our society..i love to see a Philippines with sane society..free from the influence of drugs!

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      1. That’s the point of arguing for due process! A democracy can not stand for killing people based solely on suspicion and accusation. And when a rich druggie is actually caught/killed instead of being merely interviewed for a chance to clear his name, maybe we can resume this conversation. As for that mother’s fear on behalf of her 21 year-old son, you can’t dismiss that as displaced or hyperbolised. ANYONE could be caught in the crossfire between cops and the ALLEGED perpetrator.

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      2. And your avenue to achieve that society is to kill all the addicts, the pushers & the drug lords? Since when the end justifies the means?! Machiavillian?! Hitler? Humans never learns.

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      3. Drugs cannot be eradicated by killing the lowly pushers and poor drug addicts. FIND and DETROY the SOURCE. USE the intelligence funds properly.

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      4. The words “as long as you know activities and associates of your son”indicated you have none. Your simplistic answer to safety will never hold water in that environment of violence.

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      5. You seem so sure that those killed were “agents of death” Sir. Have there been investigations or even evidence shown to the public that ALL of them were drug pushers or even users? Were blood tests even conducted? Are blood tests still even possible eh namatay na nga? Senseless killings just for “pampaguapo ng performance” belies the admin’s war against crime. Now the police and the vigilantes are openly committing crime after crime, readily taking refuge on the excuse, “pusher kasi o Adik kasi, nanlaban kasi eh.”

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      1. Let’s see how you feel when it happens to you or someone you hold dear to you. Nakaktakot na madamay na maging collateral damage

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    2. i share the same sentiments with you.Kahit na alam kong matino anak ko ramdam ko bilang ina ang sobrang takot,parang di ko na alam ang true meaning ng word na safe.Saan ba safe,kanino ba safe,kelan ba tayo safe ? Ang mga pulis tutuo bang gumagawa na ng tama kaya maraming napapatay? God Bless our country!

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      1. We are not safe as long as there is a lot of drug addicts and pushers. Just think about the children that has been rape and killed, kidnap and killed, rob and killed and the parents, brothers and sisters, that has been also killed by the drug addicts. You are thinking about your children, as a parent, I’m congratulating you for having a good children, but how about those parents that their children are drug addicts, that they cannot control any more, their doing harm to the family, how about those children, are also thinking about them?

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    3. Yes sir..what’s happening now is too(very) alarming..kht cno pede mgng victims dhil kht cno pede mgng pusher..its too hard for us here ofw .almost everyday iv been always remind my children dat be vigilant en aware s paligid..n if dey mke istambay s labas wg n s gavi or better wg n lng..GOD cn’t sleep properly thinking about those scenario in d Philippines..i hope Pdut eill give full attention regarding dis matter seriously..
      NoToExtraJudicialKillings
      #KorteDiKalye
      #StopKillings
      #KamiyTaoHindiBaboyRamo..GodBlessPhilippines..GodBlessUs
      IpaglabanKarapatangPantao..

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    4. Good Morning! Good if your son is not a Drug Pusher and User but why FEAR? I am telling you right now that you and your family are in good hands now that the “duterte govt’ is doing everything in eliminating drugs for the safety of all of us. Yes, tell and teach your kids to STAY AWAY from drugs…and your family will be okay. BE SAFE & GOD BLESS!

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    5. its better to tell them to stay away from illegal drug users….drug pushers and drug lords because they will kill them

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  3. These are dangerous times…the weeds are sowed away from the grains…its better to throw away one bad tomato rather than spoiling the entire basket of tomatoes
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    1. But human lives are not just tomatoes.. weed it out with DUE PROCESS. If proven guilty, publicly hang or burn the offender alive if our law will allow it… or are we all impatient that we dont want to rather see them cured, change and we wanted to take matters into our hands…

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      1. will you able to say these words if a drug addict or drug user kill one of your loved ones???? the measures taken right now are done to install fear to these bastards

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    2. Yes! Just remind me of the movie “Year of living dangerously.this era however is like “living dangerously in war against drugs and crimes” because you might be caught in a crossfire anywhere.

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  4. It is so alarming that we law abiding citizens are already terrorized by the summary killings happening all over the country everyday. I fear for my children each day when they go out that they might be at the wrong place and at the wrong time. Is this culture of death and fear be the new norm for us in the next 6 years?

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    1. This fear is important….parents will be more aware of the dangers surrounding their children…we are now aware of this God forsaken illegal drug menace and its minions. Be happy our law enforcers are now doing their jobs…they put their lives at risk to rid us these drug menace….its a dirty job and they have to do it….remind your children to keep safe…don’t fool around….obey the rules…stay away from illegal drugs and their minions….all this will come to an end when those drug lords…drug pushers…drug addicts will choose rehab and reform their lives rather than engage hostile conflicts with law enforcers

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  5. What is happening to our society? Will somebody lead against vigilantism and we will rally behind you! Now nobody is safe! They are killing the poor first then who knows who will be next?

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  6. we are now a lawless society. What we need is EARNED RESPECT not FEAR. where are the supposed to be fighters for human rights? GAGGED? BRIBED? AFRAID…?

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  7. how sure are we that the killed drug pushers and drug addicts are not committed by the same drug lords? The drug lords might be on a hush hush…quest to keep their were abouts secret…

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  8. We have entered the worst of times. An evil means never yields a good end. Evil always reaps evil. How tragic that this is the track officially taken by Duterte’s government.

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    1. oo. dahil panahon ng paglilinis. wag ka humarang para di ka makaabala. 2 henerasyon ang sinira ng droga. bulag ka ba! lahat may kabayaran at may collateral damage. mas malalaking giyera pa ang nauna para lang magkaroon ng kapayapaan at pagbabago. dapat kang matuwa sapagkat hindi na maaapektuhan ng droga ang mga susunod na henerasyo. do not look at what is here now. look at the future. you are a fool if you judge the end by the means.

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    2. With all due respect, i beg to disagree with your last statement. Though what’s happening now might be a result of crass talks, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all those killings can be blamed to the gov’t. That’s thinking one-way lang. Can we not see this as a black propaganda against the government whose hellbent on cleaning the system from the inside? Or the way high profile drug syndicates work to cover their tracks? When making analysis, please do not omit other possibilities or reasons for what’s happening around.

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  9. I am a nurse at a hospital in manila. A month ago a patient was brought to the icu due to a gunshot wound in the head. There are no relatives as the patient was unidentified so eventhough the hospital provided him with medicines, hospital needs and all, the doctors were unable to operate him. He was a Mr. X. Police reports state that the patient was a bystander and was shot during a buybust operation. Three days after, the mother came and told us that she was just informed. The patient died an hour after the mother came. He was just 18 years old. We then thought, these days, we should prepare for more Mr x and more gunshot wound victims.

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    1. I advised my 22-year-‘old daughter to stop attending their prayer meeting every Wednesday that will culminate at 9 pm because I am scared to death on what are happenings around. Thanks God she abides.

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  10. Wait until a foreigner is killed no matter whether the person filled is a user or an innocent bystander. Maybe then. Possibly then people will realize there is something wrong. Hopefully we don’t get to that point

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  11. Drug lords are very powerful/influential. The question should be how these bigtimers operate to protect themselves? How does this narco network work to keep the business thriving? Can someone be paid/bribed in these legit operations with no strings attached to get rid of the street rats (Yes, ask this too)? The small-timers know a lot. If you try to think like a drug lord, xempre you would definitely get rid of the people who knew about me, my business, my network, supplier, manufacturer, and my protector in politics/government/private sector. They will do anything to derail the campaign against drugs and to embarrass the president. They can kill anyone in the streets wrap them with duck tape label them with whatever crimes to confuse/frighten society to cause paranoia. Sinu vulnerable? True it is. The poor. To make it appear that vigilantism is tolerated? They can set up a ploy. Drug lords can blackmail too. They can kill even their own relatives/loved ones, rivals, enemies’ loved ones, generally all who go against the flow. How much more the nobodys in society. They synch and are very organized. Look deeper and understand narco cultura. The president is well-versed about this. Yung nakikita sa mga baduy na pinoy action films about syndicates ganyan talaga exactly ang kalakaran. Naglilinis nga ang police sa hanay nila but a mere drug test nor a confirmatory test would not exempt them remember some drug personalities are just into the reselling/distribution and manufacturing. Some don’t try nor take them. Before you cry foul to CHR, understand what’s below the surface, the real story. The extent of the problem gives us doubts even to those who carry out the campaign because drug lords can pay policemen to kill a small timer narco peddler/user with or without strings attached, with or without threats against their own families/loved ones. Death toll is ugly indeed. Sad to say pero sila sila lng mga involved nagpapatayan. Anyway.. Are you trying to blame the President and the PNP Chief for this? Just wondering..

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  12. The atmosphere now is like martial law but it is more subtle and people don’t care about the vigilante-style executions. Most people think that these suspects deserve to die. What they don’t know is that innocent people including their family members could end up dead for mistaken identity.

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  13. People are not blind. In fact people are applauding given the approval and trust rate the president is enjoying. Does this mean we as a Filipino do not respect life anymore? I don’t think so. We still lament the death toll going around us, it’s just that we are sick and tired of witnessing the destroyed lives of youth and their families due to drugs perpetuated by greedy policemen and politicians. We never had democracy. We never felt safe even before due to rampant rape slay cases and drug related crimes. The difference now is that death comes from the other fence.

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    1. No matter how sick and tired we are, lawful men and men of God should never condone killing,let alone killing without due process

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    2. Death comes from all sides:

      -The police who suspect someone to be involved in drugs
      -The kingpin that wants to silence those who are in the know
      -The neighbor who has some beef with the someone next door

      Yes deaths from these happened during earlier times, but now it is going to be more common than ever. The government’s practically leaving a weapon on the table for anyone to use. The fact that killings can be justified by linking the victim to drugs, makes room for so many abuses and loopholes of the law. Yes maybe the abuses are done non-government forces, but who left the weapon on the table?

      I keep a gun to protect my home. I have kids. I have friends coming over my place all the time. I trust my kids and my friends with all my heart. But I don’t leave my gun on the living room table and tell everyone to shoot anyone suspicious.

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  14. you are pointing a due process to a criminal killing a criminal to avoid being connected. our police killing criminal whose trying to put a fight.if the person died in the picture because of the gunmen its not our goverment fault from the beginning this people knows this kind of life will only risk there life but still they did what they do.wife cries for what? from the beginning she knows her husband doing this kind of illegal business yet she accepted it. now consequence come she cry? our goverment has due process but if you put our police in danger why they have to wait till one of them is gun down.our police life has more value than those criminal whose willig to put a fight with them.

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  15. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
    “you know where you are?! you’re in the jungle baby! you’re gonna diiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!”
    by Guns & Roses

    Do you really think life is a fairytale, so easy or simple and perfect?

    Before critising new government try to really observe, analyze, research, google mo lang and don’t isolate yourself (blind arrogance) from the real issue, actual situation, worsening problems Philippines is currently facing.

    Drug related problems is now so RAMPANT, new government is just trying to eradicate or suppress/minimise first the problem before it’s TOO LATE and our nation totally under NARCO POLITICS

    PLEASE be honest – have you actually meet, know or talk “Face to Face” with SHABU addict or pusher?

    SHABU has a long term (permanent) effects on it’s victims – Brain Dead or Mental Disorder (a hopeless case) due to Chemicals.

    ISIP Addict – palaging praning (paranoid), galit, nanlilisik and mga mata, blame throw (manisi), at madaling madedemonyo, maisip ng masama, at gumawa ng karumaldumal (rape & slay, slaughter or kill many people w/out mercy).

    NIRVANA FALLACY
    Why can’t Filipino learn to distinguish real life condition with idealized one? Why impose unrealistic criteria or impossible moral standard requirement for a Mayor/President?

    Hypocrites always assume a perfect world/candidate. And just can’t see the bigger picture, forgets end results, ignore the effectiveness and capability to change & improve things are often good enough reason.

    LEADERSHIP must be BALANCE – views on religious tolerance and the importance of individual conscience, along with his social contract (as Mayor/President) to protect/serve the people. There are many important decisions which you may consider bad or immoral, that every Mayor/President make for greater good.

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  16. And the worst thing that I see is that this might even be the people that had given this new administration their vote. Too bad there is to much to learn on how we should choose whom to put in there. I can not believe that people thinks this is the reason why our country is poor. I do believe that this is just a cause. This won’t be present if our country is more prosperous.

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    1. Joni be good:

      “I can not believe that people thinks this is the reason why our country is poor. I do believe that this is just a cause.”

      Contradict yourself much? LOL

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  17. I appreciate the article and the perspective from which it was written. But I know there are people who’s lives were destroyed by addicts, pushers living in the area, high crime rates because of drugs… no joke having people senselessly and brutally murdered by people “who were under the influence”. I’m one of the people who had to live in fear because of drug addicts. I know what it’s like to not be able to predict what’s gonna happen the next day or hide a knife under the bed because anything can happen to me or my loved ones already. It was a prolonged horrendous experience….. If we’re talking numbers; maybe you could take a count on people who lived like this…and be shocked.

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  18. Sorry to burst your bubbles but the analogy is very poor attempt of comparing apple to apple. More likely a comparison between dishonest cash register and a house without roofing…or pasig river and pluto.
    Surprisingly, i felt i can walk safely in the streets while posting this worth my phone held in my hand.
    I don’t do wrong and I have nothing to fear.

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  19. the best thing to do is stay away from illegal drugs, stay away from drug addicts, drug pushers and drug lords…treat them as though they have Ebola virus. Help young people to stay away from illegal drugs by information and showing how illegal drugs destroy lives and show them what will happen to them like what is happening right now if they get involved with illegal drugs. There is nothing for them but death if they get involved in illegal drugs

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  20. Were you not afraid that almost half of your neighbors use illegal drugs? Maybe the writer lives in a guarded subdivision. Let us be aware that most of Filipinos live in slum areas surrounded by drug influenced people. I also want to emphasize that the killings began right after Duterte was declared as winner. But he is still not the president during that time. This maybe due to corrupt officials zipping the lips of their associates. Please be re-informed that tens of thousands of drug addicts surrendered and is starting their rehab. Right now I feel safer than I used to. Change is always a hard pill to swallow. I don’t condone extra judicial killings, but I don’t condone to illegal drug prolifiration either.

    By the way what did the last administration do about the tanim bala and illegal drugs anyway? As Roxas said “paano nagung problema ng gobyerno yan”???

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  21. All of you who are criticizing the government for its draconian measures to stamp out the scourge of illegal drugs, ACKNOWLEDGE the existence of the problem. The easiest thing to do in the world is to criticize. If you are not happy with something, you are free to criticize BUT that carries with it an OBLIGATION to offer a better alternative. So what do you suggest must be done to eliminate the drug problem? If you don’t have anything better to offer, you have no moral right to criticize.

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    1. well its easy for you to say to suggest a solution to the problem about drugs when killing itself is also a problem. we know the issue and it is our obligation to be vigilant about our surroundings. so its okey to kill because it is the only solution to eradicate the problem?

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  22. 5 months na lang ang natitira. Pag di daw nasolusyonan with in this short period of time, mag reresign daw sina #bato at #du30. Pray nyo na lang na hindi nila magawa para magreresign sila. Balik ulit tayo sa dati. Nasanay na tayo sa ganoon, inosente ang pinapatay hindi ang kriminal. Sana lang huwag mangyari sa inyo.

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  23. I want to be outraged too. But I am more outraged at the impunity enjoyed for so long by these people who kept on destroying the lives of so many people most of them poor by supplying our streets with illegal drugs. As of last week’s figure 70k have already surrendered. Many more out there refused to surrender. How many are relly affected by drugs. Many.of the lives destroyed are so yong woth bright future.
    If we have expressed outrage over these people we would been spared the pain of feeling outraged over the death of over a hundred killed in drug operations.

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  24. araw-araw sa balita ito ang laman puro pagpatay sa mga Hinihinalang addict/pusher na nanalaban kaya sila pinatay..ganon nalang ba kadali ang pumatay ngayon?.ako natatakot para sa sarili ko at sa mga mahal ko sa buhay paano kung wala kang kamalay malay na may magaganap na barilan kung saan ka man naroon di ba nakakabahala yun? maraming inosente ang madadamay ang daming malalaking tao na sobra sobra ang ebidensya pero asan sila? wala naman akong nabalitaan na big time na drug lord na napatay o naparusahan man lang. hindi pa rin solusyon ang pagpatay SAFE napaka aga pang sabihin ang salitang yan.

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  25. I”m not agree with killing but someone had to die to reinforce the peace cuz is so much crime happening for so long n need to clean up the broken law in the Philippines and the crock leadership official God bless hope it will be good for the country!!

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  26. ???paano mo compare yung tanim bala???
    dont get it???
    You have to live in the phil. to understand whats really happening…mga frustration ng locals (hindi mayayaman dahil mga mayayaman ay my body guard,dryber,kasama pag lumalabas etc)
    They are afraid to go out baka ma hold up,masasak,marape,maloko, etc…
    Phil became a paradise of chinese druglords at dahil dito maraming nangyayaring krimen
    Paano na ang next generation???
    Ganyan ba ang surroundings na gusto mo…puro droga???
    Mas gusto ko pa na mababawasan ang mga taong salut ng lipunan…
    We need a strong leader
    Coz most of the filipinos are not ready to a real democracy
    We are lacks of discipline…
    Marami pa ang mga frustration ang mga pinoy na gustong mabago pero lahat ng mga eto ay wala man lang nabago ng former administration kaya mga pinoy gusto lng nila ay maiba naman…

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  27. I can say you´re all geniouses, Why keep on posting such ideas of yours, they are all hearsays, you dont know what´s really happening out there, I know you cannot kill anyone, moreless without a reason.Regarding drugs, addicts, pushers, druglords had been warned they were not innocent of whats coming, those who were involved that surrendered are alive, those who didnt, they have the place to be that was their choose.Addicts destroys family, pushers, destroys our young our family and druglodrs are to blame.Now if you have problems of whats happening, its not the goverment to blame.. If you are listening to Pres. Duterte you must know, but if you dont listen because you are Yellow, keep on wasting time…At least now we have a Pres. who care for the Filipino people and for the country…When I was young, and all I heard and see is corruption, i even have said that to stop corruption in the Philippines you have to kill all those filipinos who are 7 years old and over, then let the young tend for themselves, and by there knowledge they can make a new goverment, which they have no knowledge of corruption.Then maybe there would be change in the Philippines, but I was wrong.No need for my idea becoz change has finally come.And who wont accept a change for the betterment of Filipino & Country,, Wow may be you & you and you ALONE.

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  28. I understand both the author and those who disagree are coming from. He’s asking about what has happened to our sense of justice that a lot of us or a majority of us are just keeping silent or even worse applauding these extra-judicial killings. The other side is saying “what about the rights of those who were victims of these addicts, pushers, criminals, whatever?”. There! Right there is the reason this article was written. We’ve already assumed the guilt of those who were killed in the name of law and order and we’re just happy to sit back get on with our lives because “hey, I didn’t know him. Not of my own’.” You will argue back and say “well, if they were such good people why were they associating with scum?” What makes you think he was? Where is your proof? What if he was just a person at the wrong place at the wrong time? What if it was your own who’s now lying down on that stainless steel table at the morgue? The thing is, there is no right or wrong answer in this situation. Both arguments have their own merits and flaws. It’s either you are for or against this. Sadly, a huge lot of us are for this judging by the silent approval of those who voted for this situation to eventuate. So just sit down, relax, and enjoy the ride….and hope you can dodge the occasional bullet coming your way.

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  29. Everyone should be afraid, that this campaign of killing in the name of ridding the country of drug addicts can also kill the innocents and those of mistaken identity. Where is innocent until proven guilty? Why not start from the top of the drug hierarchy and target the drug lords. Those are the real criminal who are not addicts but are getting rich for selling and manufacturing these drugs. Drug addiction should be treated as a serious societal disease and the victims need to be rehabilitated and cured. President Duterte is targeting the wrong people and most Filipinos are accomplices to their murders. Is this the change that you really voted for?

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  30. Can you tell criminals and drug addicts not to kill innocent law abiding people? If so then killing some of them is senseless, almost 63,000 surrendered ànd admitted they are drug addicts and it is not common for a drug user to admit they are and most importantly these 63,000 user are potential killers of innocent people if they will not stop using drugs. If for example 1 user can kill 1 person because of drug then we already save 63,000 innocent people like you

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  31. This Argument is always objective base from what side of the coin you see. But let me ask all of you people Including the writer Fullman who cries out for this so called democracy, what is more depressing to watch on the news? A College Student killed and raped by a drug addict or Massive number of Drug Addicts surrendered, some were killed because of opposing authority.

    You cry out for due process now and comparing this time to Martial Law, but what about the victims before you saw in the news in the past 6 years?

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  32. also have anyone noticed that the picture on this article appears like the pieta sculpture?? what was this photographer thinking comparing something holy to something that is not? Why is that person comparing Jesus Christ to narcotic criminals?

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      1. and so are the lives that this illegal drug pushers destroyed….Jesus Christ died for us to save our souls…this dead illegal drug pusher died because they resist and engaged in a shoot out with the arresting officers….Stop Glorifying criminals…..assist with enforcing the law….report all illegal drug users…drug pushers….and drug lords so they can be apprehended and rehab…but be extremely careful these illegal drug users might and will kill you…

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  33. I hope you also wrote sentiments to a young lady who was raped and mercilessly murdered or a young child being molested by his father or an innocent civilian robbed/killed by a by-stander, almost all of these crimes were drug related and yet everyone is mum on justice for those innocent lives lost.

    Those people who were killed has links to drug syndicates – or who are pushers and users. I really hope these drug-linked individuals will be eradicated. I have some neighbors, friends and families destroyed their lives. Addiction to these drugs is a serious problem in our society, this has to stop, and hopefully your future children will not be victimized by this problem.

    By the way, for the lady who is paranoid for his son. Its your duty as a parent to know your sons activities and his associations. If your son knows how ghastly that drug problem is, he will stay away from it. If you are innocent, then you have nothing to worry about.

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  34. opinions based on opinions. judgement based on opinions. due process only counts if it is convenient for my current opinion. Confirmation bias stinks. The rule of law cuts both ways.. it requires any side of the story to give validation for their position. If you think the law is inadequate or full of loopholes, Lobby to fix things specifically instead of basing conclusions or fears from hearsay, or double hearsay. Sheesh, kapwa, time to mature guys

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  35. Mag mga pinoy hindi n kokontento matapos ma solve and isang reklamo o problema may bago nnmn problema na iaangal,wala nmng may sala n umaamin n may kasalanan cla masama tlg pumatay pero cguro un tlg need ng bansa ntin para matutu at kahit panu may katakutan ang mga kriminal.

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  36. Why only compare it to “Tanim Bala”? How about those countless of young women and girls that have been raped and killed? There’ll be no perfect administration, that’s for sure.
    But let me ask you, what do you prefer, suspected drug addicts&pushers being killed or abducted/raped & killed young women/ girls or even boys?
    Have you forgotten the newly born baby being raped by an addict caught on cctv?
    The woman abducted and raped inside a van in broad daylight, running away naked on the street?
    Now, if you’re gonna choose?

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  37. Easy to say. You have never experienced how traumatic being robbed in the streets holding your belongings while a tip of knife is just beside your stomach asking you to give your hard earned pay and belongings. You never had one relative of yours killed by deug addicts for no reason. You have no siblings walking from school to your home meeting him bloody because some addicts just hit his head with a baseball bat for no reason. You never have a father driving a motorcycle with his kids and someone randomly stabs him on his arms and run away. You never have an aunt get dragged wit a motorcycle trying to get her bag by those riding in tandem. Justice is being served for the real victims. I hope you wont expercience any of those before you say when will justice be serve to us.

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  38. There is no future with illegal drugs…only death! These illegal drug users will bring harm to themselves and especially to others. These people were given ample time to surrender and start reform…many choose to surrender and reform…but some chose to stick with their drug addiction…. its not a reason of being poor….they love being drug addicts…they choose pleasure over reason….they only think of themselves…These people will go to extreme measures to a point of stealing…killing…raping…lying to satisfy themselves with the pleasures they get from these illegal drugs. You pity these fools yet they don’t pity themselves…These illegal drug users will surely die. Due to the number of illegal drug user that surrendered these drug lords are now afraid their whereabouts will be revealed? So there is a very high probability the killings, specially the vigilante type of killings are done by these drug lords to the remaining illegal drug users and pushers that have not surrendered…..THINK ABOUT IT

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  39. Everyone was Warned! And yet these hardheaded , stubborn and toughies ignored the warning! So don’t blame the president for their death! The new government wants to get rid of these menace once and for all for the benefit of many innocent filipinos who are falling victims to these maniacs, killers and criminals.

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  40. Before this administration, all these things are already happening around us (if not worse) plus the drug factor which slowly kills the addict and their community. Yes, we make a brief fuss about it but go on our way after a while not really sure if we cared as long as it did not happen to us. Some of us may know someone, a relative, a friend who do drugs but turn a blind eye or worse justify this vice as “occassional” or “harmless”. I have seen families protect their own even after doing inhumane acts to others because they were high or they needed to be. How they beg for mercy when their own did not spare any to his/her victims. How they influence, blackmail or force people who are doing good in their lives to do drugs just so they will have someone to buy for them at the cost of his life or future. How we turn away from the inconvenient truth that most crimes are done under the influence of drugs especially rape and murder. Yet, we make a fuss but contribute nothing to solve it. Yes, the fear of having our innocent loved ones being a collateral damage or a victim of “palit ulo” as they call it but it has been happening for more than a generation already. The differences of then from now is that first, the latter is more publicized which is (i think) better so at least we can verify and file a complaint. Second, the current administration seem to be competent in managing the police better and weeding out rotten ones. Third, as per the SONA, systems are being put in place so that abuse of authority and power can be reported and addressed. If you give time to think about it, the drug syndicates might be having a difficult time right now whit their business and/or survival. Consequently, to do something about that they will have to use all they have to stop this so they will manipulate the public thinking that what is happening is bad. I mean, yes, killing is bad but you get the point. They have connections to the media, they can stage “vigilante” killings (remember they have insiders in the PNP itself) and other means so that the public will think that the government just kills anyone they want and then asks it to stop. Yes, it would be better if taking a life would not be an option in this (think about the damage to the soul of the good and just police force everytime they kill, not to mention their chances in going to hell afterwards just to protect the people of this country and/or who have to shoot because the “victims” attempts to kill them or others). Killing, ideally, should not be an option and that is why the administration has first implored to these people to surrender and stop. They have given them the first option which can make them live. But not everyone chose that so here we are. Yes killing is bad and the fear of being mistaken for a user/pusher is valid. But we can take precautions to avoid this at the very least. It will not guarantee anything but lessen the chances of it happening. We can only do so much with our options at hand. Human rights should be upheld but whose should be given more weight? Those who broke/breaking the law and harming others (and not observing human rights) or the public who are innocent victims?

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  41. Naging biktima ka na ba ng pagnanakaw habang nasa loob ng bahay ang apat mong anak natutulog? Nanakawan ka na ba ng walang kalaban laban? Yung sasakay ka lang ng bus…pag akyat mo wala na wallet and bagong padalang phone ng asawa mong janitor sa saudi? naging biktima ka na ba rape ng tatlong lalaki pagkatapos ka nilang nakawan ng sahod mo for one cut off??? Tapos yung mga bumiktima sayo mga adik na ginagawang hanap-buhay ang pagnanakaw para may mabiling drugs??? I guess not. And you probabaly haven’t felt the pain of being raped while you just wanted to go home after a hard day’s work. Have you experienced your relationship with your husband and even your family destroyed dahil sa kagagawan ng mga adik? The financers, pushers and runners all gave up their human rights when they treated their victims like animals and prey on their weaknesses. I am glad to have a president who is working hard and putting his life at risk just to make sure that there will be no more victims of these heartless and selfish drug addicts, pushers, financers and who ever runner who turn to drugs to earn even a single cent for a living because I have witnessed it destroy lives of good people..

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  42. The really strange thing is these people cant afford to find a decent place to stay…..they cant afford to buy food to eat and yet they have the money to buy and use illegal drugs!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL!!!!!

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